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11/21: Midwest Fishing Report

THANKSGIVING PERCH: CHICAGO SHORE: There’s hope for traditional Thanksgiving perch. Arden Katz reported some limits (takes sorting) at Diversey Harbor. Mike Repa at Park Bait reported a powerliner picked up some Tuesday morning off the ‘‘south rocks’’ at Montrose. Steve Palmisano at Henry’s said
reports are just starting at Navy Pier.
INDIANA BOAT: Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch said the best bite has shifted east to Portage in 40 to 42 feet off the reef. There are variable perch in 37 feet out of East Chicago Marina, in front of the blow-out at Lake Street and in 46 feet off Gary Light.

ICE GATHERING: Henry’s Ice Fishing
Extravaganza at Henry’s Sports and Bait is 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Jim ‘‘The Crappie Professor’’ Kopjo on winter panfish, 10 a.m.; Tony Boshold on ‘‘Modern Mobility, the Next Generation,’’ 1 p.m; Italian sausage sandwiches and jambalaya.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle reported muskies are fair on suckers. Some deeper channels have crappie on minnows, but keep moving. For walleye, try current
areas or off deeper main-lake slopes.

DES PLAINES RIVER: Water is low. Marcus Benesch reported pike are the best bite on crankbaits or spinners; best around creeks with water or wood structures.

ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: Time on the Water reported sauger and walleye (takes sorting) from Spring Valley downstream; it’s pulling up and jigging down.

KANKAKEE RIVER: Nick Carr at the Trading Post reported good rock bass on minnows at the Kankakee dam. Norm Minas reported iffy outings for smallmouth, but they’re quality when successful. He has caught some on topwaters, others on rattlebaits or magnum flukes. Guide Matt Mullady reported the same with smallmouth to 4 pounds on plastics fished very slowly. Matt’s dad, Ed, reported shoreline fishing is best at the mouths of ditches, bayous and backwaters.

LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. Repa
reported a few steelhead at Diversey. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters (in until Dec. 3) reported outstanding lakers on the Waukegan Reef. He is catching coho with some steelhead in 220 to 270 feet east and north of Waukegan.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua said he expects lakes to remain open through the holiday weekend. Those not deer hunting are targeting fair muskies or walleye.

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Lakers are being
caught on the Port of Indiana reef; Starcevich said best lures are white tubes. He said some are being caught inside Lake Street, too. Whitefish are just starting. Winter-run steelhead are starting in Trail.

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